Vail skier appears in film fest movie |

Vail skier appears in film fest movie

Sarah Mausolf
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL, Colorado ” West Vail resident Ralph Green plays a role in the film “Gospel Hill,” one of the movies featured in the Vail Film Festival.

Green plays a retired war veteran named Luther who wants to support his family, despite losing his job and, as audiences discover, one of his legs. Green himself lost his leg at age 15 as a result of a gunshot wound in Brooklyn.

The movie marked Green’s first acting stint. A ski racer, Green, 31, scored the role after running into the film’s director outside a fundraiser in Vail.

“It was a little intimidating, because I’m a ski racer on the U.S. ski team,” he said. “I’ve never acted a day in my life. Next thing you know I’m shooting a scene with Danny Glover.”

So is this the beginning of an acting career for Green?

“To be honest, all those decisions are getting made after 2010 , after the Vancouver games,” he said.

For now, Green is focused on training for his ski races in the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Games.

Check out the screening of “Gospel Hill” at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at the Vail Mountain School. Set in the town of Julia, S.C., the film follows the residents of a black neighborhood who are being forced out of their homes to make way for a multimillion golf course development. The characters’ lives intertwine to create a gripping tale touching on racial tensions, eminent domain, and the power of the human spirit to overcome the pain and hatred of division.

High Life Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2938 or

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